How to Use Do, Does and Did with examples

Do you know the correct usage of the words Do, Does and Did, does anyone here know the difference between them? And did your teacher teach you these terms correctly in school, or they confuse you? So no worries. Today we’re going to do a really simple lesson and break down these terms for you. So you will never forget them.

Do, Does and Did are all forms of the verb to do and if you look at the simple present tense, then we’re going to only use, do and does.

Uses of Do and Does-

If you were talking about he, she, it, or the car you would use the word Does.

Examples-

  1. Raj does his homework every evening.
  2. She does her exercises every day.

When you’re talking about anybody else, for example, I, you, or even plural forms like we and they you would use the word Do.

Examples-

  1. I do a lot of work these days.
  2. They do volunteer work on Sundays.
  3. You do nothing at all.
  4. We do our laundry on weekends.

Another Example-

Ravi and Riya do not like cats.
Now, Ravi and Riya together makeup they and therefore we use the word Do.

Notice how I brought in the not now the negatives of do and does are really simple.

It’s do not, and does not. And they shortened to don’t and doesn’t.

Uses of Did-

Did is used when we are talking in the past tense. When something happened yesterday, last night, or last year we’re going to use Did. And it becomes fairly simple, because both do and does convert to did.

Examples-

  1. I did my homework last night.
  2. He did his work on time.
  3. The girls did ballet at school.
  4. The car did not get cleaned yesterday.

Notice that the negative of Did is Dis not. And when we are speaking it contracts to didn’t.

So now that you’ve understood the basics of Do, Does and Did.

Do, Does and Did are also helping verbs and they have many other users. Now we’re going to talk about how we can use these words as questions or negatives.

  1. Now let’s take a statement- You work.
    The question that you can make out of this is- Do you work? And the negative will be- You do not work or you don’t work.
  2. Let’s try another one- He walks.
    The question that you can make out of it is- Does he walk? Now you’re using Does because it is ‘he’. And the negative that you can make out of it is- He does not walk, or He doesn’t walk.

Notice what is happened to walk. He walks but does he work? The ‘s’ has gone off.

So when you use do, does and did in a question form the main verb that forms part of the sentence like walk comes in its simple natural form as walk, not as walks.

Some Exercises

  1. ………… you know about the test tomorrow.
  2. ………… Miss Charles, give homework everyday.
  3. ………… Raaj and Peter know about the submission tomorrow.
  4. ………… anyone have the physics textbook?
  5. ………… Jenny know the girl in blue.

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